Banking the Unbankable: Community Finance in Asia

By | 2018-04-10T15:29:43+00:00 April 10th 2018|Categories: GOVERNANCE & FINANCE, MUNICIPAL & CLIMATE FINANCE|Tags: , , , , , |

Most urban slum dwellers in Asian countries cannot access conventional systems of finance. To get a loan, you need to prove you are creditworthy. But without a pay slip, you are unbankable. People living in poor communities need access to loans and other forms of financing to develop solutions to the serious problems they face, writes Somsook Boonyabancha. With a variety of models and scales ranging from small community funds to national-level networks, community finance is a popular and growing tool that promises to open up new possibilities for the people most in need.

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New approaches for pressing challenges

By | 2017-10-14T15:05:04+00:00 August 8th 2017|Categories: GOVERNANCE & FINANCE, PEER-LEARNING & CO-PRODUCTION|Tags: , , , , , , |

Most people who are fleeing the war in Syria find shelter in the neighbouring countries. Their host communities are facing the challenge of providing services to a growing population, especially concerning water and energy supply and waste management. A partnership programme makes it possible for municipalities to exchange knowledge and jointly work on solutions.

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Small towns, rural-urban linkages and regional development

By | 2017-10-14T15:08:35+00:00 July 5th 2017|Categories: GOVERNANCE & FINANCE, REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT|Tags: , , , , , , |

Regional development that includes urban and rural areas, people and enterprises is crucial for sustainable development. This is especially the case for low and middle income countries undergoing the urban transition, and for countries where employment opportunities need to be created in both urban and rural areas for a growing and youthful population.

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Where there’s a will there’s a way: Vertical Partnerships for a Sustainable Future

By | 2017-10-14T15:19:05+00:00 April 21st 2017|Categories: GOVERNANCE & FINANCE, MULTI-STAKEHOLDER PARTNERSHIPS|Tags: , , , , , , |

The international community has come a long way when it comes to sustainable development. The next step is to continue the partnerships that helped create these frameworks and bring them down to the level of implementation.

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Mozambique’s Stand-by Generation

By | 2017-10-14T15:20:00+00:00 April 13th 2017|Categories: GOVERNANCE & FINANCE, PARTICIPATION|Tags: , , , , , , , |

In the International Development world, “youth” constitutes a critical variable to look at in any given country. Policy makers believe that more educated generations with better health and economic conditions than their parents are the absolute precondition for achieving long-term economic and social development. They are also aware that a frustrated youth is a serious threat to political stability and economic growth.

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“We need to develop urban rights” – An interview with Claudio Orrego, mayor of Santiago de Chile

By | 2017-10-14T15:22:07+00:00 March 30th 2017|Categories: GOVERNANCE & FINANCE, URBAN & METROPOLITAN GOVERNANCE|Tags: , , , , , |

Santiago de Chile is one of the most well-developed and safe cities in Latin America. We spoke to its mayor Claudio Orrego not only about what metropolitan governance means in Santiago, but also about the current situation in Chile, how urban justice can be enforced and why it is so important to invest in public goods for the urban poor.

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“This is a very good moment for change” – Interview with Jorge Wolpert, former Executive Director of Urban Development, Land and Housing in Mexico

By | 2017-10-14T15:29:57+00:00 February 28th 2017|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES, GOVERNANCE & FINANCE, URBAN & METROPOLITAN GOVERNANCE|Tags: , , , , , |

In an interview with URBANET, former Executive Director of Urban Development, Land and Housing of Mexico's Ministry of Agrarian, Territorial & Urban Development (Sedatu). Jorge Wolpert explains what specific challenges Mexican cities are facing in terms of sustainable urban development.

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“Everyone has to bring something to the table” – An Interview with Janice Perlman, founder of the Mega Cities Project

By | 2017-10-14T15:31:05+00:00 February 10th 2017|Categories: GOVERNANCE & FINANCE, MULTI-STAKEHOLDER PARTNERSHIPS|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Inequality and insufficient political and social structures in developing countries and and in the megacities of the Global South are still a huge problem, and change only occurs slowly. To enable cities to share their experiences and their efforts to bring about change, Janice Perlman founded the Mega Cities Project.

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“Productivity increases with the size of a city” – An Interview with Rüdiger Ahrend, Head of Urban Policy Programme at OECD

By | 2017-10-14T15:33:22+00:00 January 27th 2017|Categories: GOVERNANCE & FINANCE, MUNICIPAL & CLIMATE FINANCE|Tags: , , , , , |

A lot of processes in cities depend on the financial resources of the municipal and national government. But how can these resources be generated? How can cities make money, how can they save money? And what role does urbanisation play? We talked to Rüdiger Ahrend, Head of the Urban Policy Program at the OECD, about how cities can approach these challenges.

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Improving municipal service delivery through Social Accountability – progress and challenges in the Palestinian territories

By | 2017-10-14T15:35:16+00:00 January 19th 2017|Categories: GOVERNANCE & FINANCE, URBAN & METROPOLITAN GOVERNANCE|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Social Accountability interventions at the local government level can bring about actual, significant improvement of living conditions for citizens. The Palestinian territories are presently at the stage of transitioning from locally focused pilot interventions towards a national institutionalisation process that encompasses all municipalities.

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Access to finance a key consideration for urban leaders at the C40 Mayors’ Summit

By | 2017-10-14T15:40:03+00:00 December 21st 2016|Categories: GOVERNANCE & FINANCE, MUNICIPAL & CLIMATE FINANCE|Tags: , , , , , , |

In early December, mayors, city delegates and urban experts met in Mexico City for the sixth biennial C40 Mayors’ Summit. The summit emphasised the key role cities play in global low-carbon, resilient, and inclusive development. Providing our cities with adequate access to financing is one of the most pressing issues that need to be addressed.

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Working together to create a positive climate

By | 2017-10-14T15:41:12+00:00 December 16th 2016|Categories: GOVERNANCE & FINANCE, PEER-LEARNING & CO-PRODUCTION|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

In a four-part series, URBANET takes a closer look at specific projects that contribute to making cities more liveable. This fourth and last part describes how a Tanzanian and a German municipality partnered up to contribute to climate protection - and to also collaborate on other issues.

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Good partnerships – An interview with Brigitte Riegelbauer, mayor’s office in the city of Bamberg

By | 2017-10-14T15:52:28+00:00 November 10th 2016|Categories: GOVERNANCE & FINANCE, PEER-LEARNING & CO-PRODUCTION|Tags: , , , , , |

Town twinnings play an important role when it comes to mutual understanding and learning processes. In an interview with Imme Scheit, head of administration and deputy chief officer of the mayor’s office in the city of Bamberg Brigitte Riegelbauer explains how these partnerships can be successfully implemented.

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Municipal Knowledge Sharing – German and Maghrebian cities in dialogue

By | 2017-10-14T15:53:30+00:00 November 3rd 2016|Categories: GOVERNANCE & FINANCE, PEER-LEARNING & CO-PRODUCTION|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

If the New Urban Agenda is to be a success, it is of vital importance that cities form partnerships and learn from each other. Such activities are already under way: in this article, URBANET presents an example of municipal knowledge sharing between cities in the Maghreb region and cities in Germany.

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